What’s wrong with Head Start?
August 17, 2011 1 Comment
Okay, so I’ve heard in a lot of places about how cost effective pre-school education can be for at-risk kids. Spending money early in life can pay dividends years down the road. Here’s the thing, though, the most wide-spread pre-school program for at-risk kids is the federal government’s Head Start program. Apparently, there’s been a comprehensive study– the Head Start Impact Study– that basically shows there’s no lasting impact. So, I don’t actually know anything about Head Start, but I assume some of you reading this do. So, what’s the story? Why are there a number of studies for the efficacy for various pre-school programs, but Head Start is apparently not effective? What’s the difference? This seems awfully important to figure out.